Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has ascribed the PDP’s defeat in the just concluded presidential and gubernatorial elections to lack of internal democracy and impositions in the party.
Tukur made the disclosure to journalists Thursday at his residence in Yola and explained that the imminent repercussions inherent in not adhering to internal democracy and impositions were the reasons behind the party’s defeat in the concluded 2015 general election.
The former chairman said he had been vindicated because he was advocating for internal democracy in the party for a long time, regretting that the failure to heed his advice led to the unsavoury defeat the party suffered.
“We have been preaching election not selection, internal democracy not imposition. Anywhere it was done, it will leave a bitter pill in the mouth,’’ Tukur noted.
While congratulating president elect, governors and legislatures, Tukur charged them to ensure that peace and unity prevailed in the country.
“We like to congratulate elected leaders and legislators who were successful and for those who participated but could not make it, there is another contest. I salute all of them
“However I am calling on all PDP members to remain steadfast and not allow the defeat to affect their morale because elections are like football competitions in which one team may emerge winner today and the defeated team may emerge winner tomorrow,” he said
Tukur urged party members to go back to the drawing board to re-stratagise and address the wrongs they committed for the party to regain its lost glory and winning streak.
He said defeat had availed the PDP an opportunity to soberly reflect on the past, to rewrite their failures but not leave the party for another political party.
He commended Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the polls adding that that feat saved the country from implosion, considering the tension that was generated before the conduct of the polls.
“I am very happy for the peaceful conduct, before the election, the country was very apprehensive more so that we have seen people who are displaced from their abodes reminding us that it was lack of peace that brought them,’’ he added.